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jane: that is to do it for us "the live desk" is up next. trace: and this is "the live desk." brand-new pictures and breaking news will always be in the boxes on the right-hand side of your screen. that is a live look at tampa, florida. waiting for the president to hold a town hall. about jobs and more jobs. the push in central florida is for a high-speed train between tampa and orlando. that would hopefully create thousands of jobs. in the middle box they were once said to be the most brutal regime in the world. now there is talk of letting the taliban serve in the afghanistan government. who thinks the olive branch is mightier than the sword. and in the bottom box toyota has recalled several million cars and has stopped selling their top eight models including camry
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and corolla. all because the gas pedals may stick. the company that makes those gas pedals is under the microscope. but our top story today, the president hits the road to sell his jobs plan to the country just as we are getting more stark news about just how bad unemployment has gotten. new weekly numbers from the labor department showed 470,000 people filed jobless claims for the first time last week. that is actually 8,000 fewer claims than the previous week, but it is a smaller drop than analysts expected. and that is what is the. the president hopes to put some of those people to work building a new high-speed rail system. he and the vice president are about to announce $8 billion in recovery act grants for that during their tampa visit. that is where wendell is standing by. what will be hear exactly from the president? >> reporter: that $8 billion
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while fund 13 high-speed rail projects including linking tampa and the theme parks in orlando, as the president will showcase here. san francisco and san jose, los angeles and anaheim, san diego, sacramento, chicago and st. louis. there will be improvements to the amtrak northeast corridor which links washington, new york, and boston. the president has brought vice president biden with them. mr. biden, of course, a champion of rail travel who rode amtrak himself from wilmington, delaware into washington for years and years. the president said in his "state of the union address" that it is simply unacceptable that europe and asia have high-speed rails and the u.s. does not. the projects here in florida expected to eventually create 23,000 jobs, but the key word there is eventually. $8 billion is not really enough money to complete even one high-speed rail project. it is only now to do the
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planning, development, some of the land acquisition. the real jobs back, the track playing jobs, the clearances and stuff may be years away. this will provide, however, some immediate stimulus money for general electric and more than two dozen other companies. some of those companies will be foreign companies, including hitachi. trace: isn't that what the republicans are complaining about? too much spending and not enough saving? >> reporter: and the president aimed to address that in his "state of the union address" last night by calling on congress to pass legislation that would get tax breaks to small businesses to hire new workers. congress still has to pass that legislation. even the republicans say that is the fastest way to create jobs congress still has to pass that
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legislation. what the president has to work with now is stimulus money. more than half the $787 billion still left in the pot, if you will. that is what he is distributing now. plus officials say there are long-term benefits to the high-speed rail improvements. the democrats have said their high-speed benefits or long-term benefits for all infrastructure improvements. they want to compare this to eisenhower's construction of the interstate highway system which created 7 million jobs and increased the country's productivity by some 25%. trace: live for us in tampa. and the president begins speaking we will take you back there. speaking of jobs, "fox news" is on the job hunt for you. log on and right there on the top of the homepage click on the "job hunt" link. you can click on the places you are interested in and check out what our reporters about there. we are all over the country looking for firms that are hiring in industries that are
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thriving in these tough times. it is all right there 24/7. patti ann: well, one particular moment from the president's "state of the union address" is getting a lot of attention. cameras caught supreme court justice samuel alito reacting to the president's criticism of the high court ruling on corporate campaign spending limits. >> last week the supreme court reversed a century of law that i believe will open the floodgates for special interests including foreign corporations to spend without limits in our elections i don't think american elections should be a bankrolled by america's most powerful interests or worse by foreign enemies. they should be decided by the american people. i would urge democrats and republicans to pass a bill that helps correct some of these problems. patti ann: well, shannon is live in washington with more. shannon, who is backing the
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president's position this morning? >> reporter: well, i think you can imagine there are a lot of democrats very unhappy about that ruling. they are continuing to stand by it and say, you have got this interpretation correct. apparently when he mentioned a foreign entities pouring out money into u.s. elections, that seems to be what got justice alito fired up. we saw his reaction there. you know, we heard from senator amy this morning. she sits on the senate judiciary committee which oversees the confirmation and nomination of the supreme court justices. she thought that moment last night was one of the most interesting. here is what she said. >> one of my favorite moments was when he took on the supreme court, and they were sitting right in the front. there aren't that many moments of drama, but that was one of them. >> reporter: it certainly was. patti ann: what specifically did the court decide with respect to donations from foreign companies getting involved in u.s.
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elections? >> reporter: here is the interesting thing in that landmark decision last week. they didn't do anything when it comes to the law that applies to foreign corporations. let's explain what it does. foreign nationals are not allowed to pour any campaign money into u.s. elections. banned from contributions and donations. also banned from contributions and donations to a committee of a political party and also they are banned from expenditures for electioneering and communication. issue ads and advocacy ads and support the particular issues are candidates. how do you define that? put it in statutory language these groups would be partnerships organized under the laws of a foreign country or have their principal place of business in foreign countries. that sounds pretty unsettled. that law remains untouched by the decision. patti ann: is the white house
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commenting? . >> reporter: we have a senior official telling "fox news" there is a loophole. they understand the law, but they believe that u.s. may be able to spend money. they have great concerns foreign interests may be influencing politics. they would like to see some clarification. they are working with congress to make sure that something gets passed to clarify that particular point. they are standing by the president's very controversial statement. patti ann: live in washington. thanks. trace: just crossing the lawyers now. j.d. salinger, the author of "the catcher and the rye" has died at his home in new hampshire. ninety-one years old. salinger died of natural causes at his home. he had lived for decades in self-imposed isolation in a small, remote house that he lived in cornish, new hampshire.
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the author of "catcher and the rye" has passed away from his son says that natural causes at the age of 91. meantime looking to kill two birds with one stone. the senate voting to raise the national debt ceiling. lawmakers approving a one and $9 trillion increase bringing the debt cap to more than $14 trillion. after that another tally could bring fed chairman ben bernanke closer to a second term. the senate is close to ending debate. james rosen is following this. first on this debt ceiling. this vote shows just how divided congress is. . >> reporter: not voting on final passage. the democrats voting in
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monolithic blocks with no defections. when they controlled congress republicans voted for debt ceiling increases. this is an election year. for particularly indiana, has spoken up against such increases to the debt end to the deficit in the past. a very tough vote. the most agitated lawmaker was probably new hampshire republican jeff gray, the ranking gop member on the senate budget committee. >> to raise the debt ceiling by $1.9 billion while doing nothing to is totally irresponsible. it is like a drunken sailor asking to have the bar open all night. >> rare to see a lawmaker did so fired up. rare still to see a lawmaker so
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cavalierly willing to offend the all important drug nken sailor constituency right there in public. trace: what about the ben bernanke reconfirmation? more in the process than the actual outcome. >> they believe he will be reconfirmed. party leaders reached the agreement. what will be interesting to see is how many senators vote to shut down the debate effectively allowing the nomination to proceed. and to then votes against bernanke when it comes right down to it. particular they want to see how strong a message he sent to the obama administration. whether the main votes will exceed an all-time high of 16 against paul volcker. we should point out no nominee has ever been rejected by the senate. trace: james rosen live in
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washington. good to see. thank you. patti ann: president obama is out on the road selling his state of the union proposal. a live look now at a tampa townhall where president obama is about to announce a major project to create jobs. how are americans going to take it? we will take you there live. remember those bloody protests in iran? demonstrators beaten on the street and some killed. well, today iran has executed two of its political prisoners. what the white house is saying what the white house is saying and three minutes. alists. always ready when they hear the call... pancakes! (announcer) it's a job well done. because when it's pancakes, everybody's in it together. bisquick. pancake lovers unite. i thought i was invincible. i'm on an aspirin regimen now because i never want to feel that helplessness again. [ male announcer ] be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. talk to your doctor, and take care of what you have to take ca of.
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patti ann: taking a look at some of the remote feed we are following. in the top box the associated press is reporting the author of the classic "catcher and the rye" j.d. salinger has died of natural causes. and the middle box lebanese officials say they have located the reporter boxes from the horrific plane crash off from the plane off beirut. it may take days to retrieve the boxes. in the bottom box iran announcing the execution of two men who participated in the bloody protests against the defeated reelection of president ahmadinejad in june. hanged this morning. among 11 people the government had condemned to death. the government says murdering political prisoners will not bring the country any
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legitimacy. trace: about president obama trying to pass a jobs bill making the issue a top priority. we are now waiting to hear from the president at a town hall meeting. the vice president is now speaking. when the president takes the podium we'll bring you there live. announcing an $8 billion federal fine for high-speed rail. a project that the president believes to bring plenty of jobs in the area. we are talking about between orlando and tampa, florida. the rail could be expanded to other parts of the country. stephen hayes is a senior writer for the weekly standard and a "fox news" contributer. he, too, is a "fox news" contributor. gentlemen, welcome. there is a very large debate out there as to whether the government can really at the end of the day create anything but a government jobs. >> i think that is right. what is interesting is the president made very clear that he thinks that the government is
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at the center of jobs creation in the country. it was actually a remarkable stated you pointed that he expressed. he was talking about global competition and staying up with china, germany, and talking about how the united states can remain competitive. he went on after that section and listed some of the things that those governments are doing to help their industries and talked about the united states government having to take a more pro-active role in helping to create jobs here. i fundamentally disagree with the idea that the u.s. government should have this kind of job stimulation. trace: a fair criticism. a lot of economists agree. what is your take? and the government actually generate jobs in the private sector? >> you looked at this high-speed rail project in florida. 23,000 jobs. we have been behind japan and europe on high-speed rail. there is no reason for that.
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we need to be competitive. at the same time the president was very clear that he understands the real economic engine of the country. that is why he proposed moving 30 billion from wall street banks that have repay that money and putting it in community banks to help small businesses hire more people or increase wages. a small-business tax credit that will help a million small businesses, and also ending the capital gains tax for small business investment. he understands small businesses are the real economic. trace: i think that is right. that brings the economy into this whole thing. small businesses in particular, they need banks. the banks want to start mending money. but the government is putting the banks to the fire. they want them to lend. they want to penalize them. is there a conflict here?
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>> i don't think there is. >> you are getting mixed messages. on the one hand you are pursuing policies. the president said they are not meant to punish banks. the effect is to punish the banks and provide disincentives for these banks to do exactly what we need to the banks to do i agree. i think it is better that the measures to generate hard to make it easier for small businesses to hire and do the things that they need to do, it's great that they bore in there. if you really wanted to be stimulative what he would do is cut the corporate tax rate, extend the bush tax cuts. there are ways you can truly be stimulative. these are for small measures. trace: speaking of stimulative, a lot of people who say the stimulus did not quite work. you can add these created jobs or saved jobs all you want. we lost 7 million jobs in this country over the past couple of
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years. >> well, i mean some of those were the bush policies that got us into the mess. you know, the reality is that what the obama administration did saved us from going over the cliff and into a deep depression. the stimulus package, there is no denying that it did stabilize things. now we have to get to to helping small businesses. there is nothing as punishing the banks. wall street banks repaid the money. we will take 30 billion put it in community banks. that is what obama wants to do. i think that is a real plan. i also think that, we can't let them do what they did before. we have got to reregulate. we have got to, you know,. trace: we have got to go. good have you both. by the way, you can still see
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vice president biden speaking. the president, we believe, will be there in minutes. we will bring you that as soon as it begins in central florida. patti ann: a possible break in the search for missing 7-year-old girl in oklahoma. police believe aja johnson was taken by her stepfather after he allegedly killed her father. aja has a medical condition. time is crucial. are police closing in on the suspect? also toyota's troubles. the recalls over gas pedal problems in many of its models are getting even bigger. to who is affected? who is affected? we will tell you. ur v8 garden broccoli. from campbell's. velvety, delicious. campbell's v8 soups. also, try new garden vegetable blend. or annuity over 10 or even 20 years? call imperial structured settlements. the experts at imperial can convert your long-term payout into a lump sum of cash today.
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trace: breaking news in "the live desk" coming out of tampa, florida. the president is making his way up to the podium in tampa. jobs forum there. a townhall, if you will. the president talking.
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it is really about the $8 billion rail system that will go between orlando and tampa, florida. 85 miles long. the i-4 corridor that goes from coast-to-coast, it takes about an hour-and-a-half on good days and three-and-a-half hours on bad days. this rail could cut that in half. the president is speaking. [applauding] >> thank you so much. thank you, everybody. it is great to be here. make yourself comfortable. we are going to be here. [applauding] thank you. [applauding] thank you. we have got, we have got some
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special guests that i want to make sure we acknowledge. florida cf0 alex is in the house. representative kathy. [applauding] representative alan. [applauding] representative debbie waltermen. [applauding] your own the mayor, pam. [applauding] the mayor of orlando. [applauding]
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president of the university of tampa, ronald moss. [applauding] and two very special. [applauding] two, two, two very special guests, brian c. smith. i want you guys to know who these folks are. they are members of the fema florida task force team canine search specialists. they went down to haiti and worked 26-hour-long shifts staying with the victims until they were rescued. the florida task force team saved seven lives. brian worked at a school where
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his daughter found a young female buried in the rubble three or four days. so these are the kind of heroes that -- [applauding] -- make america proud. [applauding] thank you. [applauding] thank you. and i have got to do this. even though i know y'all are upset that we took all that success from the colts, he made his name here in tampa. he is not just a great coach. he is a model individual. we are very proud to have him in
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the house. [applauding] [applauding] any of you want some analysis about the upcoming super bowl? the coach is free to give -- it's good to see you, coach. all right. now, first of all, let me say it is good to be back in the sunshine state. [applauding] it is especially good to be back in january. [applauding] and it is always nice to get out of washington. it is. and spend a little time with the people who sent me to
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washington. [applauding] last night i spoke with you about where we have been over the past year and where i believe we need to go. i said what all of you know from your own lives. these are difficult times. these are challenging times for our country. in the last two years we have gone through the deepest recession since the great depression. think about that. a big chunk of the people here, certainly the younger people here, have never even seen a recession. they don't even, it doesn't register on their minds. this is by far the toughest thing that the country has gone through economically since the 1930's. and tampa, like so many communities across our country, has felt the lash of the
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shattered businesses and lost jobs and home foreclosures and vanished or dwindling savings. this storm came at the end of what some call a lost decade. what happened between 2000 and now was a decade in which paychecks shrank and jobs barely grew. the cost of everything from health care to college education went up. your responsibility for wall street to washington from good responsible americans who did everything right are struggling in ways they never imagined. joe and i took office in the middle of this raging storm. we ran for office, the highest office, because we had been hearing stories like this day in and day out for years, even before the financial crisis hit
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so we are not going to rest until we have rebuilt an economy in which hard work and responsibility are rewarded and businesses are hiring again and wages are growing again and the middle-class can get its legs underneath it again. [applauding] we will not rest until we build an economy that is ready for america's future. and to do that the first thing we had to do was break the back of this recession. that required tough, and in some cases unpopular, but necessary, all which were necessary steps. i mentioned this last night. none of us wanted to have to stabilize the banking center, particularly because they helped create this mess.
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but -- [applauding] as i explained lasf we hadn't the financial system literally could have melted down. that would have taken our entire economy and millions more families and businesses with. but because of the steps we have taken the market has stabilized. the economy is growing again. [applauding] the worst of the storm has passed, but i think all of you understand the devastation remains. one in ten americans still can't find work. that is why creating jobs has to be our number-one priority of 2010. [applauding] the two engines of job creation here in america are america's
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business. there are several steps we can take to help them expand and hire new workers. last night i proposed taking $30 billion of the money that went to wall street banks but has now been repaid and use it to help community banks and small businesses the credit they need to stay afloat. [applauding] that will help. [applauding] i also proposed a new tax credit for more than 1 million small businesses that hire new workers or raise wages. while we are at it, i believe that we should eliminate all capital gains taxes on small business investments and provide a tax incentive for all businesses to invest in equipment. as joe mentioned, we are going to put more americans to work rebuilding our infrastructure, building our infrastructure of r roads. it is important to repare our
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bridges so that they are safe. but we want to start looking deep into the 21st century. we want to start say to ourselves there is no reason why other countries can build high-speed rail lines, but we can't. [applauding] and that is what is about happened right here in tampa. [applauding] we are building a new high-speed rail line. [applauding] right here in tampa. putting people to work. i am excited. i am going to come back down here and ride it. [applauding] joe and i, y'all have a date. when that thing is all set up we will come down here and check it
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out. [applauding] and by the way, this high-speed rail line is being funded by the recovery act. [applauding] and one other thing we can start doing for jobs here in america that i mentioned last night, i talked about this all through the campaign. we put this proposal in our budget. we keep on getting resistance, but we are going to keep on pushing to end tax breaks for companies that ship our jobs overseas and give tax breaks to companies that create jobs right here in the united states of america. it is the right thing to do. it is the right thing to do. [applauding] it is the right thing to do. [applauding] now i have to say this, the steps that i just mentioned will help accelerate job growth in an
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economy that is already beginning to grow. but the steps we take alone won't make up for the 7 million jobs we lost over the last two years. keep in mind, when we were sworn in office that december we had lost 650,000 jobs. january as we were being sworn in we lost 700,000 jobs. february 650,000 jobs. so before we could even put in place the recovery act you had already seen millions of jobs lost. that is a deep hole that we are going to have to fill. and the only way to do that is to lay a new foundation for long-term economic growth to address the struggles that middle-class families have been grappling with for years.
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florida, that is why joe and i asked for the chance to serve as your president and vice president. [applauding] look. we didn't seek this office to push problems off or take the easy road through the next election. we ran to solve problems, problems that have been nagging at america for decades. we want to solve them for the next generation. we ran to get the tough stuff done. [applauding] so as i mentioned last night, i make no apologies for trying to fix stuff that is hard. [applauding] because i'll be honest with you, i'll be honest with you. joe and i are both pretty smart
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politicians. we have been at this a while. the easiest way to keep your poll numbers to say nothing and to do nothing that offends anybody. that is true. no. no. no. you know, you just wave, smile. that is how you do it. the minute you actually start doing something somebody is going to disagree with you. but that is what i promised -- remember, some of you remember the campaign. i said i wasn't just going to tell you what you want to hear. i was going to tell you what you need to hear. so none of this is new. there is nothing that we have talked about since we entered the white house that we did not talk about during the campaign.
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and so long as we have the privilege of serving you we will not stop fighting for your future, no matter how many we have to face to get it done. trace: president obama holding a job townhall, if you will, in tampa, florida talking about the $8 billion rail system that will go from tampa to orlando, a high-speed rail. he plans to come down and ride it. try to get a handle on this 10% unemployment rate that has plagued the country for several months. he wants to continue watching the president's townhall and you can do so on the "fox business network" as well as streaming live on patti ann: a confessed killer has just taken the stand in a high-profile murder trial. just getting this video of scott, admitting he shot dr. george tiller. defense says it was not really murder. a live report from the courthouse on what he is telling jurors today.
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patti ann: the man who has admitted to killing a high-profile abortion doctor has just taking the stand in his own defense. on trial for first-degree murder. prosecutors say he walked into a wichita church on may 31st and shot and killed dr. george tiller at blank range. a high-profile late-term abortion doctor. one of the few doctors that performs the procedure. the 911 call. >> shots. >> dr. george tiller has been shot. >> 7601 east 13th street. patti ann: well, admits to the killing, but his lawyers argue he should face a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter because he believed the killing tiller was necessary to save the lives of unborn children.
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he left the church after shooting tiller in the head. got caught up with him three hours later. >> where is the gun? behind the car and lift up your shirt. left up your shirt. all right. driver, step backwards. keep walking backwards. patti ann: on the stand today. he was asked if he killed dr. tiller. he said he did. he also told the jury he does not believe abortion is justified even in the cases of rape. covering this case. what has he said so far on the stand? . >> reporter: as you mentioned, he mentioned all of the ways in which he believes that abortion is not justified including rape or incest or even in the event that the mother's life is at stake. he says he struggled with that
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but ultimately it is up to the heavenly father. he also said and admitted driving to the lutheran church last year, walking in, and shooting dr. tiller in the head. at one time he did attempt to list of all of the different ways that abortion, the abortion procedure can be carried out in which the prosecution objected. the d.a. actually yelled objection, and the judge stopped him. patti ann: so how is the defense making this case that this was voluntary manslaughter? >> reporter: the judge says that the defense has quite a task in hand. under the statute here in kansas they have to convince the jury and the judge that he had an unreasonable but honest belief that he was preventing the death or arm of someone else, but he also has to prove the threat was imminent and that he was trying to save someone in danger just minutes away. doing that is going to be tough. what the defense is trying to do
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is that if he decided to shoot dr. tiller on church and sunday he was doing so because it was so difficult to reach dr. tiller. he said dr. tiller's clinic had gates and guards and a bulletproof windows. his home was in a gated community. basically saying he was impossible to get ahold of. >> reporter: reporting live from wichita. let's get some legal perspective on this case right now with matthew o'connor, a criminal defense attorney. thank you for joining us. >> thank you. patti ann: he is charged with first-degree murder. his lawyers want to make the case for voluntary manslaughter which means the defendant has an unreasonable, but honest belief that deadly force was necessary to prevent another eminent use of deadly force. is it likely a jury will buy that defense in terms of preventing abortions? >> no, not at all. and the key phrase here is
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eminent. this case is not about whether individuals are pro-choice or pro-life. this case is about an individual plan and execute a murderer with malice and forethought. the time it takes to be convicted of murder one is a split-second. as a reporter just noted he planned this out. he wanted to get the whole the dr. tiller. he took the time to do so. the fact that he may have been an abortion provider that he disagreed with. patti ann: on the stand today. let's play some of what he had to say in court just a short time ago. >> the man's job was to take lives. it is our heavenly father's. he is our creator. he gives and takes life. it is never to man to take life only in cases of self-defense or defense of others. patti ann: again, that standard unreasonable but honest belief.
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couldn't you argue that he had that? >> well, sure. i mean as defense attorneys we can argue anything. whether a rational jury is going to believe that is another matter. this case is really about the rule of law. the rule of law would indicate that unless there was an eminent heart that was going to be false someone, and that means within an immediate proximity time in a self-defense case, then it would be appropriate. what the defense is trying to do, understandably, is to make this case about his belief that abortion is unlawful or immoral. that is not what the case is about. this case is about taking someone's life a church, whether you agree or disagree with what they do for a living. that is unlawful. that is why we have laws in this country. patti ann: matthew o'connor, criminal defense attorney. thank you for joining us. >> thank you. trace: world leaders in london coming together over a new multinational strategy in afghanistan winning over the
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trace: secretary of state hillary clinton is in london today joining a multi-nation conference on the future of afghanistan. afghan president hamid karzai said he expects foreign forces to be in his country for up to 15 years. there was also talk of a new plan to win over the taliban by allowing them into the afghanistan government. the executive of foreign editor of the london telegraph, also a terrorism expert. it is kind of like talking about both sides of your mouth. we say that this is one of the most brutal regimes on the planet and yet that they want to
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allow them into the afghanistan government. what do you make of that? >> reporter: well, this is a very ambitious program. the heart of the matter here is that there is a core of the taliban, the original founders who are never going to give in to the west and are always going to be an enemy. in recent years because of the we the afghan press has been handled the strength of the taliban has ground. there are a lot of people who would not normally support the taliban have been drawn in. the plan is to try and persuade them to come back into the mainstream of afghan politics by paying to lay down their guns. trace: you let them lay down their guns. pay cash for the low-level fighters. the high-level ones, you go after them with guns. is that the process here? >> reporter: very much the process.
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let's remember, when we overthrew the taliban in 2001 we did so by paying bundles of cash to tribal leaders in northern afghanistan. this is the way that afghanistan works. especially in medieval society. if you have got enough money you can buy people and get them on your side. trace: some are saying they don't want cash. they want power. it is about the power in afghanistan, and they are gaining power by the day. >> reporter: again, it is a tribal thing. a lot of the people backing the taliban, president karzai himself. these people have been traditionally held power. a lot were excluded from power. so it really it is a game of trying to get them back into a political dialogue with the government and see if they can be reconciled. this could mean a lot of really deeply unpleasant people coming back into mainstream afghanistan politics. if that is the price we pay for
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peace a lot of people will buy into that. trace: terrorist expert and executive foreign editor. good to see. thank you. >> always a pleasure. patti ann: when you look at the devastation in haiti you realize how much death and destruction can happen in mere seconds. well, now researchers are embarking on a warning system that could save lives when every second counts. second counts. that is next on "the live desk. ( inspiring music playing ) someday, cars will be engineered using nanotechnology to convert plants into components. the first-ever hs hybrid. only from lexus. ( kids giggling )
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trace: brand new stories and breaking news, now united states officials believe another american has been detained in north korea, so there are now reportedly two americans being held there. just under a month ago, another american was detained by them on accusations of illegal entry into that country, so the u.s. is now waiting for word from the swedish government because sweden acts as an intermediary between the two countries. remember, it was just back in august when laura ling and una lee were released from north korea after being held for four-months in that country, they were sentenced to 12 years of hard labor. that was reduced, they spent four-months in that country, now two more americans are apparently being held by north korea. much more information as the breaking news crosses the wire on the live desk. patti ann: president obama getting a warm welcome during a town hall meeting in florida today as he pushes to fast track
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spending programs that would put americans back to work. members of the president's cabinet are getting the call for an early morning meeting tomorrow at the white house, the president plans to light a fire under his team, sending them around the country to win support for his new proposals. major garrett is live at the white house. major, the next couple of days will be important for the president to frame his priorities and deal with the economy. give us details on that. >> reporter: well, not only is the president going to be with his cabinet tomorrow but the president is also eagerly anticipating, white house officials tell me, the report on the fourth quarter gross domestic product, gdp, numbers. why is the white house looking for those numbers? they believe as was true in the third quarter they'll indicate an economy growing, maybe not in massive ways but enough to suggest future job creation. the white house wants to take those numbers and amplify them a bit with remarks the president is going to deliver sometime tomorrow afternoon, fox news has learned. that's the overall approach for the white house dealing with the numbers tomorrow. on monday the president's budget comes out which will
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not only describe the decifit but also spending priority, that's why he's meeting with the cabinet at the white house tomorrow, to give them marching orders not only about selling the budget priorities in the weeks to come in washington, but also traveling around the country and emphasize what he's doing with the bulgt to meet at least his interpretation of what most americans want the federal government to accomplish, patti ann. pat we're going to see the president on the road more. cabinet secretaries as well? >> that's exactly right. one of the things to be discussed tomorrow at the white house, you have the budgets, each agency is going to get what the president is going to allocate, some will be happier than others, certainly the energy department will get a sizeable boost, as will the education department, those cabinet secretaries will be out across the country explaining what will happen with the president's new budget and the president will encourage the cabinet secretaries as they travel around the country to make those points as clear as they can, reinforcing the president's message here in washington that his budget is at least tailored to addressing some of the needs of the country.
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patti ann: with the focus on jobs, where does health care go? >> reporter: well, back burner to put it mildly. if you look at the president's speech on the state of the union, patti ann, it was almost 30 minutes before he mentioned the three words, health insurance reform. he said yes, congress, don't back away, don't stop the push for it but the reality is by putting almost all the responsibility of the hands of the legislate leadership, the democratically controlled house and senate, they don't know the way forward and for the time being the emphasis is on the economy, so they'll have to sort it out themselves. absent a presidential push, it's unlikely health care will be where it was a few weeks ago, it was near the finish line. he often likes to say it's on the 2-yard line. the question is 2 yards from the goal line or 2 yards from the goal line behind you. it's a bit closer to the latter rather than the former. patti ann: major garrett, live in washington, thanks. trace: take a safety, right? the don't ask, don't tell policy in the military is
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coming under fire, president obama wants to abolish him, and have gays openly serve. he recalled for the repeal of the law near the state of the union address last night. mike emanuel is following this live at the pentagon. any surprise at the pentagon about the president's call to end don't ask, don't tell, and where do we really stand on this right now? >> reporter: trace, no surprise at all. top military brass and also civilian officials here at the pentagon say president obama has been very clear he wants to do away with don't ask don't tell, so senior military officials are working on basically preparing their best guidance for the colder in chief on how a policy change of this type could be best implemented. here's how things stand from the white house perspective. here's communications director dan pfeiffer. >> he has been in conversations with secretary gates and admiral mullen about this issue, since he first came to office. this is something he has believed for a long time, something he pledged on the campaign trail and wants to enact.
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>> reporter: we know secretary gates and admiral mike mullen, chairman of the joint chiefs, are expecting to be asked about this, they'll be onical toll hill talking about budget issues but don't ask don't tell will come up in questioning, so you can expect that this week. trace: what about the timing? it's a controversial issue, and we're talking about fighting two wars, afghanistan and iraq. any concern about that? >> reporter: there are people who are worried about it, it's controversial, they're worried about the fact on the force. as you mentioned, being asked to do a lot, between iraq, afghanistan, even helping out in haiti. arizona senator john mccain, which was of course was a pow during his career in the vietnam era thinks president obama will be making a big mistake by changing don't ask don't tell, he thinks the policy going back to the clinton administration has worked very well, so mccain is one of the high profile people saying it's not necessary to change it, it
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is a misplaced priority. paul paul world powers discussing ways to end the blood shed in afghanistan, among the attendees, secretary of state hillary clinton and afghan president hamid karzai. leaders have pledged millions for a plan aimed at persuading taliban fighters to put down their weapons and agreed on a timetable for the handover of security in provinces, starting late this year or early next year. greg palkot is live in london. greg, what is the deal on these discussions about holding talks with the taliban? >> reporter: patti ann, that is really the buzz here, that is, talking to the taliban. it goes by several names, reconciliation, reintegration. the bottom line is, it's flipping bad guys in afghanistan, who can or will turn, turn in favor of the afghan government. it involves money, hundreds of millions of dollars, it involves jobs, it involves housing, and it even involves the leadership of the taliban, a grand conference is being called
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for the spring, maybe even getting saudi arabia involved. our experience on the ground, patti ann, is that in many corners of afghanistan, however, the taliban is not meant for turning, that they are still deeply, deeply in the fight. there's also word, one report at least, from a taliban leader, saying that he's not willing to go forward with any kind of a reintegration plan. but certainly that is now on the table, very much so, patti ann. patti ann: but at the end of the day, would we still have u.s. troops surging in afghanistan? >> reporter: well, certainly short term, that's exactly right, patti ann. one hundred thousand is going to be the level of u.s. troops in afghanistan in the coming years, and they are being unmatched to some degree by a nonu.s., u.k., european forces, in nato. this is something that i put to nato secretary general andres rasmussen, whether in fact europeans were finally stepping up to the plate. take a listen to my back and
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forth with him. >> while we're talking about tens of thousands, you're talking about 1000 peer -- 1000 here, 5000 here, it's appreciably smaller on the european side. >> but it's close to the recommendations requested by general mcchrystal and as secretary general of nato i am particularly happy we have kept this as a broad alliance mission. america is not alone in this. >> reporter: patti ann, president karzai said he would like foreign troops in his country for the next, oh, ten to 15 years. that was put to secretary of state hillary clinton. she said i talked to president karzai about that, we're hoping basically it won't be that long. back to you patti ann: fox's greg palkot, thank you. trace: crossing the live desk, the famous and reclusive author j.d. salinger has died, his son confirmed the news, saying, i'm quoting, catcher in the rye author died of natural causes. salinger lived in decades in a self-imposed isolation, refusing all energies.
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carrier in the rye has been translated into almost all of the world's major languages, the novel about the rebellious teenager holden caufield captured the imaginations of young people growing up in the '50s and is being read voraciously today, it has sold more than 60 million copies. the author j.d. saling every, 91 years old. patti ann: iran showing it is not afraid to use the harsh measures to exercise dissent, executing two prisoners, as the white house takes actions against the country for its nuclear ambitions. ambassador john bolton will join us to break it down. also we're seeing miracles still out of haiti, french rescue workers pulling a teenage girl out of the rubble, 15 days after the earthquake struck. but above ground, the focus is on getting food and aid to thousands of survivors. we will be live from the disaster area.
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patti ann: taking a look at remote feeds we're following in the top box, that's a live look at that tampa town hall, president obama pushing his new plan for creating jobs, announcing an $8 billion high-speed rail project, and you can watch that streaming live on in the middle box, two weeks into drew peterson's pretrial hearing to determine whether to allow here say evidence, the sister of peterson's fourth wife testifying that stacy peterson feared for her life, warning if anything
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happened to her, drew was involved, peterson is charged with the murder of his third wife in 2004 but much of the testimony has centered on stacy's disappearance later in 2007. in the bottom box, ford motor announcing a $2.7 billion profit in 2009, that is the automaker's first annual profit in the last four years. the company also saying it expects to be profitable in 2010 and london. ford lost a record $14 billion in 2008. trace. trace: a defiant iran announcing it has executed two political prisoners for trying to topple the government. these men are two of the 11 people sentenced to death so far in connection with protests over mahmoud ahmadinejad's reelection this summer, the latest show of force coming as the obama administration considers new and tougher sanctions against iran for repeatedly ignoring calls to get rid of its nuclear program. iran says the program is only for peaceful purposes. ambassador john bolton is former u.s. ambassador to the united nations, also a
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fox news crib to, ambassador, good to see you, sir. >> glad to be here. trace: it appears we've got now two people who were executed. there are many more set to be executed now. it appears now that this regime is not willing to compromise. >> no, i think that's the key point here. for all of the defense in the streets, there's no -- evidence in the streets, there's no evidence the regime is backing down, looking for comp miets, beginning to fragment internally. this demonstrates it's prepared to use force both in terms of executions and force in the streets, and while certainly we'd all like to see this regime disappear, it's no sign that it's going to go easily or quickly. trace: what does this do to the opposition in iran, ambassador? >> well, i would think that these executions are intended in large part to intimidate the opposition, and to demonstrate that there's no lack of will on the part of ahmadinejad, the revolutionary guards, and in fact the people with the
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guns to use force to stay in power. now, whether it will have that effect, we don't know. but it's a very clear, unequivocal signal this regime is going to fight to stay in power. trace: the administration a short time ago issued a statement saying this was a low point for iran, the execution of these two prisoners. is there any other recourse for this country to take against iran because of that? >> well, it's hard for me to understand why the administration would call it a low point. seems to me to be pretty par for the course for the tehran regime, and i would have to say i'm a little reluctant to be just verbally taking on the regime in tehran. if the administration really wanted to do something, it would supply all kinds of resources to the dissidents in the opposition, both clandestine and overt, and really make it clear that its intention was to topple the regime. i think rhetoric alone is not going to do it. trace: is it also your
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sense, ambassador, that supplying those resources to the opposition, maybe that window has closed a bit? >> no. i mean, you have to be careful how you do it. obviously we don't want to taint the opposition or allow the government in tehran to accuse them of being puppets to the americans. it is a fact regime change does not occur overnight, but my view would be better late than never and beginning now doesn't mean that the regime is going to be overthrown in the immediate future, but it's still something that i think is in our interest, the interest of everybody really around the world, given iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons and its massive support for international terrorism. trace all the while the administration keeps talking about new sanctions and tougher sanctions. explain to our audience, ambassador, why the sanctions are not working and why they may not work in the future. >> well, the security council has already adopted three sets of sanctions resolutions, but the most recent was in march of 2008, yawsh and china since then have consistently refused to
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consider any additional sanctions to any meaningful extent in any event, and if anything, the signals coming from china could not be clearer that they're not going to support a sanctions effort in the security council. now, that leads the administration simply hope ing that europeans and others will support stronger sanctions. the european union just last week said they favor further sanctions if you could get them from the security council. so i think the odds of anything real in terms of stepped -up sanctions, let alone the crippling sanctions that secretary clinton used to talk about, are pretty remote at this point. trace: former u.s. ambassador to the united nations, ambassador john bolton, thank you. patti ann: we've seen the heart break in haiti. scientists are working on new technology that could save lives the next time a powerful earthquake hits. we'll explain how. also a horrifying scene, a truck clydes with a bridge as people are walking across
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it. what happens next is truly stunning. stay with us.
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trace: breaking the boxes now, toyota expanding its gas pedal recall into china, the car company pulling 75,000 vehicles from the country, as well as another 1 million cars from the united states. more on what the company is doing to fix the issue is coming up minutes from now. in the meantime, a man hunt underway in pennsylvania for a 36-year-old suspect, name is kevin cox. police believe he's using hypedermic needles to hold up stores in philadelphia. according to investigators, he's targeting stwors female employees behind the counter, telling them that he is hiv-positive. and in the bottom box, in ohio, lottery winners die after using some of the
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winnings to buy her and her husband wedding rings, 47-year-old deborah mcdonald was celebrating with her win, drinking at a local bar on tuesday night, she won $8000 in a local tv game show, mcdonald was then hit by a car and killed while she was walking home from the bar. you may have seen that dramatic video of that rescue in haiti. a teenage girl pulled alive from the rubble, more than two weeks after the earthquake hit. now we have an update, doctors say the 16-year-old is lucid and in stable condition. she had apparently been trapped for 15 days under a collapsed home near her university. one doctor says she can't explain why the girl made it through but now gives her a 90 percent chance of survival. but as one miracle unfolds, countless other survivors are still in desperate need. rick leventhal is live in port-au-prince, hi rick. the haitian government has plans to build six refugee camps for some of those who have been displaced. any progress on that?
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>> reporter: patti ann, i think viewers will be surprised to see how little progress has been made. we just came from an area called quad b -- dibukue. there is one area with trailers. these trailers are designed and intended for government employees. a short distance away, the first of six refugee camps is supposed to be under construction, and when we got there, we found a 12-acre field that had been plowed by brazilian army engineers who are part of the u.n. peace keeping force, but there are no tents there, and apparently, the big issue here is that there aren't enough tents in haiti to set them up for refugees. there are 400,000, to 1 million people who need a place to stay, apparently there are only 300,000 or less family sized tents and many may be tied up at the airport or have trouble even getting into the airport. patti ann: so what is the
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holdup? >> reporter: well, that's a big part of the problem. apparently they just don't have the tents or can't get the tents in. what we did see at that refugee campsite were some unfinished homes, a housing development that was stopped about nine years ago, so now there are a handful of workers who are basically spack ling cracks in the stucco there. we're surprised not to see more workers clearing brush and debris and preparing the houses that will apparently be used for kitchen and bathroom facility facilities, through -- facilities, but there were no one working there. the first people won't be staying there for at least a week, maybe longer. patti ann: rick leventhal, thank you. trace: haiti is a reminder of the devastation a quake can cause. scientists in california are working on ways to determine when a quake will hit, much like in japan and mexico
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city where thousands have died in catastrophic quakes. claudia is in san francisco with more. >> reporter: seismologists at u.c. berkeley are working on an early warning system that could give people precious seconds before they feel shaking where they are. remember the remarkable surveillance video that caught haiti's earthquake? moments after the shaking started buildings had already begun to collapse. had there been a few seconds warning, thousands of lives might have been saved. that's the goal of this early warning system, it detects the moment an earthquake begins, determines how strong it will be and if it's really big, sound the alarm. >> we're not trying to predict the earthquake. most seismologists agree earthquake prediction is a long way away but what we are doing is detecting the beginning of the earthquake and predicting the ground shaking. that means we can have a few seconds warning. >> reporter: the system relies on hundreds of sensors called seismometers, stationed along california's
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earthquake fault, they're linked to special computers which analyze the initial waves of a quake and predict its power. depending upon strength and distance, seismologists hope to give californians as much as a minute of warning, enough time to take cover under a table or desk, slow down trains, maybe enough time to protect the power grid and help prevent fires. alerts might come through radio, television and cell phone signals, much the way it's done right now in japan and mexico city. project managers say it will take another 3-5 years and upwards of $80 million to get this early warning system up and running here in california, and even then, they say it won't be perfect. but trace, as you know, here in a state that is plagued with earthquakes, any warning at all, even just a few seconds, could save lives. trace: a few seconds could be a life saver. claudia, thank you. patti ann: in this case of the truck versus the bridge, the truck is clearly the winner. get a load of this surveillance video from i stand bull, you can see the truck in the upper left side
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of your screen, it has its dumpster raised, not a good idea, it slams into the pedestrian overpass, reducing the crossing to walking across that overpass at the time. the person falls off and is hurt. two others escape injury. there is no word yet on why the truck was traveling with his dumper raised. trace: does nancy pelosi have the cure for health care reform? her latest plan to revive the health care bill is taking some democrats in the senate by surprise. we'll explain, next.
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trace we're back live in the newsroom, it's the bottom of the hour, we have brand new information on three big stories and the man who admits gunning down an abortion doctor takes the stand in his own defense. let's get live to alysha kunya -- alysha acuna in wichita, texas. >> reporter: scott roeder told the jury there's almost no situation in which an abortion is justified, however, he said he believes his actions were justified when he walked into the leut ran church in wichita and shot george tiller in the head. trace: two big votes on capitol hill today, one on raising the debt ceiling, the other on the man who runs the fed. james rosen is live in washington. james. >> reporter: trace, good afternoon. it was a straight party line vote earlier today, all 60 democrats in favor, all 40
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republicans opposed to an increase in the national debt ceiling by about $2 trillion t. will stand at an all-time high of more than 14 trillion. gop did likewise when it controlled congress. party leaders have agreed on a set of votes that will likely see ben bernanke confirmed for another term as federal reserve chairman sometime tonight, but bernanke may earn more nay votes enroute to confirmation than any fed chair nominee in 30 years. trace: james rosen live in washington. now to reaction from the president's state of the union address, the entire country is talking about it, shannon bream has that in the newsroom across from the capitol. >> reporter: trace, you probably saw it last night, justice samuel alito shaking his head as the president publicly called out the supreme court for what the president called for supreme sort -- the supreme court was in tact but today a senior administration is
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telling us the white house is worried about a potential loophole that would let u.s. subsidiaries of foreign countries spend money, but today scholars say the president got this wrong. trace: that is brand new information at the bottom of the hour. patti ann: the president's plan to reform health carefuls stalled by the upset victory of republican scott brown in massachusetts but democratic leaders say it is far from dead. house speaker nancy pelosi revealing a plan to heal the rift between the house and senate. chief political correspondent carl cameron is live on capitol hill. carl, what's the prognosis for health care reform? >> it's topsy turvy, up and down. listen, they have changed their tone on this. yesterday house speaker nancy pelosi was saying she had a fast track fix to keep health care reform moving down the legislative track and ultimately end up on the president's desk, it involved a $300 billion adjustment in cost and legislative maneuvers that
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would essentially let the senate vote on health care reform and pass it with 51 instead of the 60 votes normally needed to shut off the base and go to a passage vote. well, she talked about it today, she sounded very excited about moving forward listen to this. >> we go through the gate, the gate is closed, go through the fence, the fence is too high, we'll pole vault in, if that doesn't work, we'll parachute in, but we're going to get health care reform passed for the american people. >> reporter: sounds agressive, whether they're crashing the gate, hopping the fence, pole vaulting the fence, or parachuting into the yard but today, pelosi's aide said the plan to pass this with $300 billion isn't real, they call it premature and in fact they don't have a plan and are trying to sort it out. so a step forward and a step back. the president's speech comes and goes and they're still stalled, patti ann. patti ann: where do republicans stand on all of this? >> reporter: on top of a hill looking down at democrats thinking they can defend it and make ground
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electorally in 2010. the gop takes a look at what happened in virginia, new jersey, and the special election in massachusetts a week and a half ago, and they think they've got lots of opportunities, and frankly, they think that this is not a question of whether or not congressional gridlock is to blame or whether there's a spat between republicans or democrats or whether the republicans' 41 votes or the democrats' supermajority is annihilated, they think fundamentally it's a problem with the president and the policies and the dissect is -- the disconnect is between 1600 pennsylvania and main street, not this pennsylvania avenue. patti ann: karl cameron, thanks. trace: how will the battle to keep health care reform alive on capitol hill? juliane epstein is former counsel for the full house judiciary whitie, schlap or
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schlop? >> juliane, to you first, this was the star vehicle for the democrats during the past year, last night it was relegated to the farm team, right, it was 30 minutes into the speech, the president didn't say word about health care, then he talked about it for five minutes. what do you make of that? >> well, i think what i make of that is that jobs is the number one issue, and i think that it will continue to be the number one issue, but i think the democrats will also place a big bounty on getting health care passed. much as we hate filibuster rules i think what they need to do is use the scott brown election as a blessing in disguise and say this will force us to come to a bipartisan sliewks, pick a couple of senators, outline the deal and i think the outlines are pretty explainable, sell it to the public and make the people that oppose it pay a political price. ultimately you have to win this by making a bipartisan deal and paying a political
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price for going against it. trace: the president did talk about this, you got a couple of go get pems and no specifics. >> i g expected the president to come into the house chamber last night and give republicans a warm embrace and try and encourage them to come along. instead they got a punch in the nose and it was a very partisan, caustic tone, and i think it puts him in an awkward position to try and reach out and get those republicans in november. trace: from the e-mails i get, everybody says the same thing pretty much, you know what, if we keep working on health care, try and whittle this down, that's less time congress is spending working on jobs and the economy, and the american public has been very consistent, very clear, it's time to work on jobs, and work on the economy, and leave health care until things in this country get better. >> well, i been jobs is the number one issue, but remember for people that don't have a job or living
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on a marginal income, health care is very, very important, and it's also important when it comes to keeping the decifit down. i think what the democrats can do, they pick people like olympia snowe and susan collins, one is we can cut out the medicare wage, democrats have been for that, subsidies for people that aren't insured, and we can begin to get universal insurance, tax breaks for smaller businesses to incentivize them to cover their employees. i think that we also ought to possibly put on the table tort reform for punitive damages in particular, i think that will bring republicans along. trace: maybe those are all good points, juliane, you've done your research and home work and those are good points. the whole problem is getting that together and getting congress to agree on that takes time. we've spent a year. don't we need to focus on one thing, which is jobs, before we even mention
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health care again? >> yeah, i mean, i go back to your earlier point, it's well into the future before he mentioned the word jobs, and let's look at what the american people want. scott rasmussen came out with new numbers that said that 61 percent of the american people want the president to move off of health care and on to fixing this economy and really get people hired and getting the unemployment rate down. that is really the problem they face, besides all these technical legislative hurdles we're talking becoming the american people think this administration spends too much, 15 million on medicaid, $500 million in medicare cuts, increases premiums, increases taxes, it scarce the hell out of them. trace: gentlemen, good conversation, thank you both. >> thanks for having with us patti ann: trace, remember when you used to curl up with a good book? now for some it's an e reader and the ipad is looking to give the kendall a run for its money.
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will apple take a bite out of amazon?
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trace: welcome back to the live desk, 17 minutes away from the top of the hour, the company that makes pedals in the recall says it's working with the automaker to fix the problem. cts corporation from indiana says it's ramping up production on new pedals meant to solve problems with condensation that toyota says can cause them to react slowly or in some cases, worst case scenario, they get stuck. cts is already sending newly designed pedals to fix cars that are already owned by toyota customers. the pedal problems forced toyota to halt sales of eight models this week in -- and recall millions of vehicles. patti ann: a battle of the portable titans is brew fog your buck, the kendall versus the ipad. yesterday apple proudly put its new ipad on display for the first time. one of the tablet's features is an electronic reader. amazon has a foothold in the
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electronic book market, at least they did until now. lance ulenoff is editor in chief of pc with this ipad, it's the electronic reader, kind of like a touch, you can play music and songs and other things. let's talk about the e reader. is it a big rival to the kendall or the sony or the nook? >> it's definitely a rival, but it's quite a bit different from the kendall. the technology is different. the kendall uses what's called reflective technology, means we need light to read off of it. there's nothing coming behind it. the ipad is an led fast-lit reader, and the difference on your eyes could be different. when you look at the reader they put on there and the beautiful anmaights, you're going to love it, the question is how will it feel after you've been reading on it for hours. patti ann: eye strain is a focus, amazon says readers can rethink the kendall
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books on ipods and soon blackberries, kendall is purpose-built for reading, weighing in at .64 pounds, it fits comfortably in one hand for hours, as an e ink display easy on the eyes in bright daylight, two weeks of battery life and 3g wireless, no monthly fees. good point? >> they are good points. the fact that amazon did feel the need to respond directly to the ipad means that they're thinking this is a competitor. they spent time before the announcement actually changing some of their own programs, they said okay, we're going to give more money, better royalties to the publishers and authors. it is then they released a sbk, they will develop third party apps for the kendall but if it's a purpose-built product why develop applications that would do something other than read books? it's fascinating. when you look at the two things, you have to look at how the difference is on the two of them. there's no touch screen on the kendall, you use buttons to change pages and there's definitely the sweeping motion on the multi-touch screen of the ipad but the
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battery life on the kendall goes for days, and even weeks in certain modes. the ipad lasts ten hours. patti ann: interesting. it's also, as i mentioned, kind of like an ipod touch, you can play full-length movies ton and listen to music and it performs some of the functions of a regular laptop, although it's a bit limited, you can only put up one thing on the screen at a time. is it a replacement for either your touch or your iphone or laptop? >> no. they say this is the middle product. he showed it in the middle, between your smartphone and your laptop. it's the thing we've supposedly never seen before. tablets by the way are not a new category but the way apple has done it is kind of new and different. it does have a virtual keyboard so that makes it more of a productivity device, but this is a product that's about content con cumtion -- consumption, books, movie, music, tv, reading, obviously, newspapers. so it's kind of something we've never exactly seen before.
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patti ann: it's kind of like if you have some of those others already, do you really need it. i guess that's the the question. we'll find out the answer. >> that is a very big question, and i wish i knew, because all i'm saying is a 50-50 split on people who like it and people who are absolutely not interested because of all the things they didn't put in it. patti ann: women more interested than men. and lance will hit that on another day. thank you. trace: massive changes coming to our railway system, what it means for transportation across the country and in your state. plus, trouble on the tracks, when a man falls down, how brave bystanders helped save him. we'll show you the rest of the video, next.
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nine minutes arrest. in the top box, funeral services for nancy kerrigan's father today, more than 1000 people attended the service, the olympic skater's father died after a violent struggle with his son, mark kerrigan. he has pleaded not guilty to assault. investigators are awaiting results of tests that could determine the cause of death. >> all right a major announcement involving the nation's transportation system. the white house is dolling out $8 billion in stimulus funds to develop a high-speed rail system. the president and vice president making that making the announcement during a town hall meeting in florida. democrats say it could rival the interstate highway systems of the '50s. >> who are the big winners? >> 31 states get a share in the 8 billion dollars but the bin winners appear to be california, more than 2 billion-dollar, and florida gets $1.25 billion.
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as far as florida goes, going to go from tampa to orlando, and eight -- an orlando, an 85-mile route. the hope is the route along i-4 which takes one to three hours by car could, under this train, up to 160 miles an hour, take 44 minutes and you know when you're minutes and you know when you're going to arrive. patti ann: so why is there for a high-speed rail like this? >> reporter: the president made the argument today in tampa that the u.s. was falling behind the rest of the world in high-speed rail travel. china has the world's fastest train right now. 265 miles an hour. japan had a bullet train all the way back to 1964. spain, france, korea, all have high-speed rails. so there's a sense of keeping up as far as technology goes and it increases productivity, not waiting time in the highway. th better and the highway and will compete with air travel.
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>> steve, thank you. >> bystanders jumped into action to help a man who fell on the subway traction. tuesday the man, apparently drunk, stumbled and fell head first, just missing the third rail. electrocuted him. one passenger tried to reach him but couldn't. the trains were stopped so rescuers could pull the man to safety. he suffered head injuries but he is alive today. >> a former john edwards aide is with a tell-all book and among the new allegations, reports of a possible sex state. the book is not out yet but an interview with the has read it. you'll want to stay tuned for that. for that.
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>> when it comes across the wire a plane has gone down in alligator alley it's not good but the news is the plane was a small play. alligator alley is a roadway. >> we start with a quote. ralph rayburn flies chopper 7 and he says any landing you walk away from is good. two poem -- people walked away. cally is a satellite operator. she said a small plane landed. two people onboard and no injuries. the fire department is on the
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scene. they're calling units back but are reporting the two people on the plane have walked away. not good for the line of cars you saw but good for the two people on the plane. >> a single engine 6-seat plane, probably supposed to be landing gear and it's not working but the pilot walked away so that's good news in west broward, florida. alligator alley. doesn't look too vicious. >> it's a scary road they say but in this case, a happy ending at least. >> yep. >> all right, that's it from the live desk, thank you for watching. patti ann, great to see you. >> great to be here. >> "studio b with shepard smith" starts snow. >> this is "studio b." new trouble for toyota, the carmaker recalling more vehicles over a major gas pedal problem. a update on the story affecting millions of car owners.
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a man charged with killing an abortion doctor in church telling the jury he murdered george tiller. scott roeder. we'll hear from him in his own word just ahead a new report the former presidential candidate john edwards and his pregnant mistress made a, quote, repelling sex tape. oh my. coming up, a look at the controversial book with the wall street journalist who read an advanced copy. first, we're on the job hunt. according to the president, so is the white house. we're still losing far more jobs than creating and last week was no different. we're told now there were 470,000 first time jobless claims last week, better than the week before but not as good as hoped and expected. the president made job creation the centerpiece of the state of the union address last night. today the president is in

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